Academic journal article Michigan Quarterly Review

The Sister Karamazov

Academic journal article Michigan Quarterly Review

The Sister Karamazov

Article excerpt

for David

All things that occur in fours

have a fifth, a conspirator

unbeknownst to the conspiracy,

and ignored by the narrator.

A bastard season of a sister

who borrows the defining features

of her brothers: the cynic,

the sensualist, the wretch,

the mystic. Without her,

they cannot become each other.

An onlooker, she remains unintroduced

at a distance-across a potato cart

at market, a few stools down the bar,

pausing by the picture windows

of their quarters, on her knees and forehead

in a mass of peasants at the monastery-

fiercely adoring all four

now that they're all in town, not for long.

She wanders through them as she would a forest

and sees herself, a tree that grows there.

There are nights all five

roam the streets alone,

inquisitors born from a father

who cannot answer for anything. …

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